Published: Mon, September 10, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Fan frenzy as Tiger and Rory share PGA Tour lead

Fan frenzy as Tiger and Rory share PGA Tour lead

So, when you're not chipping much or hitting shots out of the bunkers or green sides, which I'm normally doing, it definitely makes it a little bit tougher, " he said.

It was an opportunity lost for Woods, who began the day tied for the lead with Rory McIlroy but dropped back to a tie for 12th, five shots back of Xander Schauffele, after bogeying the final two holes.

The 14-time major champion made an eagle, seven birdies and a bogey on his way to a share of the lead after the opening round of the third FedEx Cup play-off event.

One day after a 62, Woods shot 70 and was five behind.

Keegan Bradley and Hideki Matsuyama both carded 64s and Rickie Fowler - playing alongside Woods - posted another 65.

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Day has two victories on tour this season and enters the BMW Championship ranked 10th in the FedEx Cup Standings.

Northern Ireland's McIlroy briefly threatened to dislodge Woods before equalling the American's score.

Schauffele, hopeful that a victory will give USA captain Jim Furyk reason to pick him for the Ryder Cup, stayed with Rose the whole way until his lone bogey on the 18th for a 67. He had failed to break par in the opening round at 10 of his last 11 tournaments.

BMW championship will start at 11:00 AM ET.

Schauffele also needs a good week to get to East Lake, though he would like to extend his season an additional week in France at the Ryder Cup.

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"I have to make birdies and try and keep pace", Woods said. He struggled to hit his approaches close, and even when he did, the putts were not dropping.

"I'm not sure how much more water the course can take, to be quite frank", Schauffele offered.

He missed a 4-foot par putt on the par-3 fifth hole and didn't convert any of the birdie putts from the 20-foot range. "Winning two in a row is a lot more than I thought it would be mentally and physically".

"Still have a good chance tomorrow", Schauffele said.

The 39-year-old Japanese player had four birdies at the high-altitude Crans-sur-Sierre club to get to 9-under 131.

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Through all the sweat, through all the birdies, they managed to give Philadelphia fans a reason to cheer for golf in the hours before the Super Bowl champion Eagles opened the National Football League season Thursday night against Atlanta.

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